Catophractes alexandri D.Don

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Catophractes alexandri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Catophractes alexandri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Catophractes alexandri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Catophractes kolbeana Harv.
Catophractes welwitschii Seem.
Common names: Trumpet-thorn (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Spiny shrub or very small tree armed with slender straight spines. Leaves in fascicles, sometimes opposite, densely covered in silvery-grey hairs, oblong; margins coarsely dentate or crenate. Flowers axillary, solitary, large and showy, white, sometimes tinged with pink with a long yellowish corolla tube. Fruit a thickly woody capsule, warty, greyish-brown when ripe, splitting to release winged seeds.
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Habitat: In arid scrub, often forming large stands on limestone.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 700 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 21 January 2009

Diniz, M.A. (1988). Bignoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 70 - 72. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 273.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 86 - 87. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 40.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Catophractes alexandri., retrieved 30 September 2016

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